Watermelon and arugula salad

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This is one of my favourite summer salads smoky pine nuts and mint make  it special.   Peppery arugula is paired with sweet watermelon. The salad also has rings of summer sweet Vidalia onions and crunchy, smoky pine nuts.

Serves 4 as a side


4 cups of baby arugula, washed and dried

2½ cups watermelon, cubed

½ large, very * 2 Tbsp. of fresh mint (do not use dried. If you do not have it omit, but it adds punch).

3 tbsp. pine nuts (you may use walnuts, hazelnuts, pecans, or almonds instead)


Right before serving, toss the salad with a scant tbsp. of classic French vinaigrette.


Squeeze the juice of one fresh lime (Use two if the lime if not juicy) over the salad and toss again with 3 tbsp. of pine nuts.


Recipe for vinaigrette:

Place in an attractive jar:

2/3 cup of good red wine vinegar

1 cup plus 1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

1 tbsp. Dijon mustard or 2 tsp. dry mustard

2 tsp. sugar or natural sweetener of your choice

1 peeled and crushed clove of garlic

*Chiffonade is a classic French cooking term. It means finely sliced leaves of herbs, lettuces, etc. Stack and roll them into a tight little tube, so you can then cut them easily with a sharp knife into pretty thin strips or “rags.” That word in French is “chiffe,” which gives us “chiffon” and “chiffonade.”



Arugula, watermelon, and mint salad

Fresh salad of peppery greens with a hit of fresh mint!This light bright salad is one of my summer favourites. It is low in calories due to the oil dressing, and it is delicious. Add a ¼ cup of feta cheese or a tablespoon or two of hemp seeds to the salad to make it a light and healthful lunch. Watermelon and tomatoes are full of lycopene, which is full of anti-aging benefits. It’s also very good for your skin.
Wash and dry 2 cups of baby arugula
Wash a half cup of grape or cherries tomatoes
Slice ½ medium sweet onion
Cube 1½ cups of watermelon
1 tbsp. well rinsed fresh mint, chopped
Lime vinaigrette
Juice 2 limes
Crust 1 clove of garlic
½ tsp. mustard
½ tsp. salt
½ cup wine vinegar
2 tbsp. good quality extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp. stevia in the raw
Shake together
Hemp seeds/feta cheese to top salad